Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke
of Bavaria, etc., to Sir Robert Cecil.
Jan. 9, 1600–1.
By Mr. Lesieur, who is here leaving us,
we cannot but thank you for the good will and courtesy shown
to us at London, and at the same time commend him to you
for his talent, industry, and good service to us. And for your
own kindnesses to us we hope some day to find an opportunity
to reward you. We would beg you to commend us to the
Queen and to preserve us in her favour in our absence.—Margate,
9 Jan., 1601.
Latin. Signed. 1 p.
The Earl of Northumberland to Sir Robert Cecil.
1600–1, Jan. 12.
I have answered a letter of my Lord
Cobham wherein I received her Majesty's pleasure for my
return this winter into England. I have defended myself from
it with what art I could; your approving my arguments to be
strong will help forward my desire to be effected. I shall not
need to use further reasons to yourself than I have done
already for my stay.
Here is nothing worth your knowledge, only it appears that
the States are willing to attempt somewhat this next spring:
some of them desire it should be towards Venlo, Berk, or that
way: others, towards Shertogenbosch; others, into Flanders
again if we may have aid out of England. What it will come to,
though I be here, yet I know you understand these things
better than myself. They have promised to pay all count and
reckonings to the captains, which, we say, argues they mean
to do somewhat but for the present we lie idle.—Hague, this
1 p. (84. 60).
M[ary], Countess of Pembroke to the Queen.
, [before Jan. 19].
Expresses the thanks of her lord
and herself for the favour shown by the Queen to her son, in
taking him into her care. Remembers how in her youngest
times she was graced by the same heavenly grace.—Undated.
1 p. (90. 147).
Reinerus Lanvius to John Wheeler, Secretary to the
1600–1, Jan. 25/Feb. 4.
I have received your letter of Dec. 8th
in which you say that the Governor is not satisfied with
the present irregular method of trading and thinks that,
unless the association be entirely re-instated, all pains are
thrown away. I am surprised at his attitude, but having
discussed the point fully in your letter, will say no more.
Martin à Medem has returned. He makes many promises,
not however to be at present entrusted to paper. Free trade
for all English merchants (including the adventurers), who avoid
monopolies and act in conformity with imperial orders. What
will be the end? You will need all your tact, such is your
influence with the merchants. Fronte capillata post est occasio
calva says the poet; you must not despise small beginnings.
Why is the company so eager to post its settlements in such
remote parts? Is it for the sake of an association or as a
means of trade? If the former, it must at any rate be allowed,
they will be nowhere without the removal of the imperial edict
and the restoration of their ancient privileges, and could neither
come to Stade nor remain at Embden. But if the latter, what
would avail a court and association? It seems a far better
course to proceed for the present without them and carry on
trade till the diet, than to incur expense and delay by idly
waiting till it takes place. Meanwhile our Senate will do all in
its power to further your interests. Greet Robert Kingsland
kindly from me.—Stade, 4 Feb. 1601, stylo Germano.
3 pp. (85. 10 and 11).
Jean Douglas, Lady Salcoats, to her brother Archibald
Douglas, Parson of Glasgow.
1601, Jan. 26.
Having many lasses now come to perfection of years and ready to put to profit that it shall please
God with help of friends to provide them, I must be hamely
with you to send them some of your fine London cloth for
apparelling, which ye may deliver to this bearer.—Saltcoats,
the 26 day of January, 1601.
½ p. (84. 91).
Ambrose Dudley to the Queen.
[c. Jan. 1600–1].
Of the attempt by William Constable,
a servant of the Earl of Essex, lately knighted in Ireland, to
dispossess him of the site of the manor of Chopwell in the
bishopric of Durham, in which matter petitioner's lease was
adjudged good. Prays for confirmation of his lease by Bill.—
Undated. 1 p. (1297.) [See Cal. of C.P., Part X., p. 10.]